Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the protests that swept across Russia in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The footage of the meeting of the head of state with the chief editors of the media was shown by the Russia-1 TV channel.
“About the fact that people went out to protests, including not for this person involved. Yes, you are probably right, you are. But you know what the matter is. And the person involved in this is being used right now, just when in all countries of the world, including ours, people get tired, accumulated irritation, discontent because of the conditions in which they live, the level of their incomes,” said Putin.
In his opinion, if a person’s life becomes worse, he begins to blame the authorities for it. “But this is the share of the bosses – there’s nothing you can do about it,” the Russian leader noted.
“And of course, they are trying to use this in Europe, in other countries, and in the States themselves. This situation is used by all opposing forces. And we are trying to take advantage of this. And they took advantage of it. This is what counts,” the president added.
Recall that unauthorized protests took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia, then on the 31st. Another rally took place in Moscow on February 2 during and after a meeting in the Moscow City Court on the Navalny case. Today his defense appealed to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in connection with the failure of the Russian authorities to comply with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the Yves Rocher case.